Ides of August: PTI chief threatens country lockdown

Published: August 4, 2014
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"If any of my workers is tortured or harassed, the Punjab police will not get a place to hide,”said PTI chairman Imran Khan. PHOTO: EXPRESS/WASEEM NIAZ

"If any of my workers is tortured or harassed, the Punjab police will not get a place to hide,”said PTI chairman Imran Khan. PHOTO: EXPRESS/WASEEM NIAZ

LAHORE/ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan warned the government against denying his party its constitutional right to protest on August 14. “If the government tried to put me under house arrest, I promise you, we’ll shut down the whole country,” Imran told a PTI workers’ convention in Lahore on Sunday.

He promised to lead a million-man march to the federal capital. “And our sit-in will not end until we make a Naya Pakistan,” he said and called upon young members of his party to prepare for the decisive rally. “One hundred thousand motorcyclists will be part of the rally from Lahore,” he added.

He said that all lawmakers of the PTI were ready to resign. “Our people are ready to sacrifice their lives, let alone tendering resignations,” he added.

The PTI chief warned the Punjab police and administration against creating any hurdles for his party’s marchers. “The Punjab police and administration have to decide whether they are slaves of the Sharifs or government servants. If any of my workers is tortured or harassed, the Punjab police will not get a place to hide,” he said.

Imran said that PTI’s struggle was for genuine democracy. “There is a difference between monarchy and democracy. In kingship, people cannot hold the king accountable but in democracy they can. As a taxpayer, I ask the prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, how did his family make such a huge fortune?”

Accusing the Sharif family of corruption, he said the prime minister’s son owns a Rs200-billion company in London and took tenders as big as Rs7 billion. “The rulers are spending Rs4.3 million a day to lure foreign investors into Pakistan but their own money is stashed abroad,” he added.

Imran claimed that the PML-N government spent Rs400 million on the security of the prime minister’s Raiwind estate and set aside Rs9 billion for building infrastructure there. He alleged that there were 71 graft cases against the Sharif family in the National Accountability Bureau (Nab).

The PTI chief also announced that he would hold two press conferences before the August 14 Azadi March. “In the first press conference, I’ll tell you how the 2013 elections were massively rigged and in the second press conference I expose those who aided and abetted the rigging,” he added. “We will tell the international media that this is a fake government that came to power by stealing the people’s mandate.”

Imran has accused the Election Commission of Pakistan of aiding and abetting the rigging in favour of the PML-N. But he added that the time of the PML-N government was up and that the PTI would hold the new general elections under a new election commission.

Call for midterm polls

PTI’s Secretary Information Dr Shireen Mazari, meanwhile, said that the D-Chowk sit-in would continue until the government dissolved the assemblies and held fair mid-term elections. “We found election discrepancies in every constituency and we feel that this is a rigged mandate. The government has no legitimacy. It has no right to stay in power with this dubious mandate,” Mazari told journalists in Islamabad.

Outlining her party’s strategy, she said discussion was under way and final demands would be made public by Imran Khan at a press conference within two days. “We feel that if the elections were rigged on such a massive scale, then holding fresh election has become mandatory,” she added.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 4th,2014.

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Reader Comments (21)

  • ASM
    Aug 4, 2014 - 2:28AM

    We are with you IKRecommend

  • i4shad
    Aug 4, 2014 - 2:55AM

    So they have found discrepancies in their own contituencies too where they won. Thiz is ridiculous still no evidence has been presented all talk.

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  • salman
    Aug 4, 2014 - 3:14AM

    Haters will hate and the paid trolls of PMLN will hate, but the whole Pakistan is with you Pakistan Khan.

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  • Sarmad
    Aug 4, 2014 - 5:14AM

    I seem to got here before PMLN’ social media payrolled interns, so just going to leave this message here: IK, please I beg you to rid of this Saudi-sponsored monarchy.

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  • Saleem
    Aug 4, 2014 - 5:16AM

    Indeed he has right to protest but threatening to shut down whole country is pretty stupid. The man has gone insane as if nation owe him something.

    The path that Imran Khan is taking the nation to will lead other groups to follow the suit for their demands and that will lead to nothing but an anarchy.

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  • Shuaib Bhat
    Aug 4, 2014 - 6:04AM

    Your feelings are hurt because you lost. Also even according to yourself only 4 counsticuencies have been rigged?

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Aug 4, 2014 - 6:06AM

    He knows that he would get food during house arrest but what about those who go out in search of work everyday.

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  • Sodomite
    Aug 4, 2014 - 6:46AM

    IK is right. Its called “Pyaa Jam” and the Opposition did it to ZAB in 1977. The country was shut down and nothing moved. The army can do nothing when everything shuts down.

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  • The only Sane
    Aug 4, 2014 - 7:25AM

    I have only one question for my PTI friends. Had Altaf Hussain said that he will shut down Karachi what would have been your response?

    Please be honest with yourself….

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  • Fact is Fact
    Aug 4, 2014 - 7:53AM

    Drama queen of Pakistan. IK, please go home and think what you are doing…

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  • sabi
    Aug 4, 2014 - 7:54AM

    Why are you crying for constitutional rights you don’t believe in.You want goverent to offer you inqilab in a plate bravo!! where did you get your education.

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  • Xman
    Aug 4, 2014 - 8:06AM

    Unfortunately, Pakistanis always have people like IK who never let the country move forward…

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  • zafar iqbal ranjha
    Aug 4, 2014 - 8:10AM

    I just can not understand why N league is refusing recounting of votes in certain constituencies.? Was the previous election massively rigged? who did that rigging? Iftikhar Ch was behind this stealing of mandate? we need replies of these questions. N league has definitely benefited huge when Iftikhar Ch was the chief Justice,it has always got favourable decisions from superior courts of this country. Why N league is bent upon to keep Najam sethi as chairman PCB? Was he behind this rigging in the Punjab?

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  • Constitution
    Aug 4, 2014 - 8:46AM

    “But he added that the time of the PML-N government was up and that the PTI would hold the new general elections under a new election commission.”
    Okay, if NS govt. is ousted, under what authority is IK going to “…hold the new general elections under a new election commission?”
    IK is against dictatorship but talks like a dictator himself. More likely, he is a demagogue. If he grabs power, not only will he be a dictator and a demagogue but is likely to become a demigod.

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  • Ebad
    Aug 4, 2014 - 9:55AM

    @ Sabi
    Aitchison and Oxford.
    What about you? Danish school I guess.

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  • Janderbari - Malikpur
    Aug 4, 2014 - 3:05PM

    Country is not a shop that can be shutdown by anyone. PTI is really a party of nounahal as they don’t understand that by protest country cannot be closed. I hope this time PTI workers will be taught a good lesson if they continue the same aggression and create chaos in the city not country. Country is not Mall road Lahore or Islamabad country is comprised of 4 federating unit where Imran khan doesn’t have presence!

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  • Alter Ego
    Aug 4, 2014 - 5:43PM

    ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS

    Despite Nawaz Sharif faults he has managed to bring investment in Pakistan.The Dollar is at it’s lowest.

    What have you done ? Despite your many words.

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  • Xman
    Aug 4, 2014 - 6:45PM

    @Constitution : Absolutely agree. PTI desperadoes don’t realize that supporting this one man show will ultimately “lock down” their own fate together with the rest of Pakistan.

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  • Ebad
    Aug 5, 2014 - 9:16AM

    @ Alter Ego
    Which investment my friend? Just check the pre-budget figures given by the federal government itself, according to which the foreign investment has been even lower than the 5 years tenure of PPP. Spending billions on advertisements to convince people about growing investment is not equivalent to actually bringing investment home. By the way, had the country become a safe-heaven for investors, NS would have be the first person to bring his billions of wealth in London etc home.
    And lastly, what makes you believe that the dollar is at its lowest? The rate of 99 rupees is the dollar at its lowest? Really? And every soul in this country knows what made the dollar drop to this ‘low’ level, that “Royal Present” has certainly not got anything to do with economic policies of this government.

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  • change
    Aug 5, 2014 - 11:11AM

    Patwari League

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  • change
    Aug 5, 2014 - 11:12AM

    ur time is up my time is nowRecommend

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